US Blacklists the President of Venezuela as a Specially Designated National (SDN)

Geneva Matthews
August 2, 2017

The United States added President Nicolas Maduro to a steadily growing list of high-ranking Venezuelan officials targeted by financial sanctions, escalating a tactic that has so far failed to alter the Venezuelan government's behavior. "We don't know where he is".

"Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters.

"I will not obey imperial orders", he said.

But after the announcement, an official said Trump's administration held off on sector sanctions due to possible complications, including some involving subsidiaries.

Colombia, Mexico, Peru and other nations joined the USA in saying they did not recognize the results of Sunday's election, which appointed a new "Constituent Assembly" superseding Venezuela's legislative body, the opposition-controlled National Assembly. "Maduro is responsible if something happens to him", Tintori wrote on Twitter.

But it's a risk some are willing to take: deeper scarcities may propel more Venezuelans to try to push the government out. "That became a rallying cry for the government ever since", he said.

The move comes after Venezuela held a weekend election that will give Maduro's ruling party virtually unlimited power in the South American country.

Maduro and many of his supporters say the election will make for a more peaceful country and help revive Venezuela's economy, which is spiraling out of control.

More than 120 people in total have been killed in four months of protests against Maduro. So that was the general feeling in the city or the one that I could perceive today.

Demonstrators defied a ban on protests set by Maduro that threatened up to 10 years in prison for violators. I asked her how this election was being viewed inside the country.

"By designating Maduro himself, he joins a very exclusive club - including Mr. Mugabe, Bashar al-Assad, and Kim Jong-un in terms of the brutal repression of his people and, in this case, the abrogation of the constitution with the constitution - with the constituent assembly", McMaster said.

The opposition coalition Table of the unity democratic (MUD) called for a new demonstration on Wednesday in Caracas to denounce "the illegitimacy" of the new Assembly.

The European Union and nations including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, Britain and the United States criticized Sunday's vote.

Jason Unruhe interprets the high public turnout in Venezuela's vote as a big failure for the United States and the opposition forces who have been seeking to delegitimize the current political process in the Latin American country.

The foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement it hopes countries "who apparently want to increase economic pressure on Caracas will display restraint and abandon their destructive plans".

"Venezuela was not a big democracy before the Bolivarian Revolution".

However, old allies Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russian Federation stood by Maduro, who shrugged off mass protests and a previous round of USA sanctions on some of his officials to see through the election.

Venezuela has been engulfed in an economic crisis, featuring skyrocketing inflation and food shortages.

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